Rock night at North Walsham helps sick tots appeal

A Live Aid style event at North Walsham has raised about �3,000 for a Norwich intensive care unit for premature and sick babies.

The annual gig featured five bands and a charity auction with lots signed by music and film stars, which are boosting the Cots for Tots appeal at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital neo-natal intensive care unit.

Star items included a picture of Queen signed by drummer Roger Taylor during a shooting party visit to the town's Beechwood Hotel which made �170, and a guitar signed by Mike Rutherford of Genesis, which sold for �210.

Organiser Barry Holden, who has raised �25,000 for a series of good causes at the event over the past six years, said 250 people turned out to the Rock Night at the community centre on Saturday and 'had a whale of the time'.

He thanked the five bands - Blind Tiger, Raw Edge, Pocket Godzillas, Super Action Heroes and Pout at the Devil - who gave their time for free.

'Numbers and the prices for lots were down a bit because of the state of things, but I was pleased with the result,' said Mr Holden, himself a musician in local bands, who will soon be planning next year's event.

He first organised a North Walsham Live Aid gig in 1984 for the Ethiopian famine. The event was revived in 2004 for the Asian tsunami victims and has been held annually since, with proceeds helping local children.

Most Read

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter